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post #1 of 18
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I do mainly resort skiing with my family. Need to have a 100oz hydration bladder plus easily accessible storage for radio, cell phone, and trail map.

For years I've used the Osprey Switch 18. Great pack except no good place for radio/phone/map. It has those hip pockets but I hate those because you need 2 hands to work the zippers and the hip pockets in general are flopping around because I don't usually need to buckle the waist strap.

The most practical combo would be minimalist Camelbak combined with one of those ski patrol chest harnesses, but that's too over the top for me.

I've looked at the Arcteryx Quiver but it doesn't appear to have immediate access to stuff on the front (only easy ability to swing the whole pack around to get stuff on the back). I also researched the Dakine BC Vest which looks just about right in terms of carrying capacity and distribution of pockets, but in photos it looks kinda dorky and I'm assuming you need to keep it zipped so it doesn't flap around and that would be way too hot in Tahoe spring skiing.

In my mind, the ideal solution would be a small (1.0-1.5L) pack with hydration sleeve, radio/phone pockets either on the straps or otherwise quickly accessible on the side of the pack, and it should have no hip pockets.

Thanks in advance for your recommendations.
post #2 of 18

I stopped wearing a pack a while ago at the resort.  Everything goes in the pockets of my jacket.  Ski jackets generally have really good pockets or at least mine do.  I have a collapsable water container, think it is made by platypus.  As I drink it collapses and becomes smaller in the jacket.  Probably is 500ml so if I need more water I just zip into the lodge and fill up.  

post #3 of 18
Do what the smart radio amateurs, do get a small mic and clip it to your front of the jacket. Radio in pocket out of the way. Mic acts as both speaker and mic, close to mouth and ears for ease of use.
post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by Maineac View Post
 

I stopped wearing a pack a while ago at the resort.  Everything goes in the pockets of my jacket.  Ski jackets generally have really good pockets or at least mine do.  I have a collapsable water container, think it is made by platypus.  As I drink it collapses and becomes smaller in the jacket.  Probably is 500ml so if I need more water I just zip into the lodge and fill up.  

I have a Platypus collapsible bottle for non-skiing uses (put one into the side pocket of my laptop bag), but for skiing/snowboarding I prefer to have my pockets empty, since when I have gloves on it's a hassle to take them off to access anything in the pockets.

post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by oldschoolskier View Post

Do what the smart radio amateurs, do get a small mic and clip it to your front of the jacket. Radio in pocket out of the way. Mic acts as both speaker and mic, close to mouth and ears for ease of use.


I do like the remote mic on the coiled cord. But then the radio still needs to be in my jacket pocket and I get jabbed in the ribs by the stubby radio antenna every time I bend over to tighten my snowboard bindings. Plus, I accidentally press the PTT button while tightening bindings which gets annoying too. Lastly, that still doesn't solve that my camera/phone is in my pants pocket and I need to take my glove off to access it, and my map is in the jacket (Marmot) slash pocket, getting wrinkled and beaten up every time I pull it out.

post #6 of 18
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I do like the remote mic on the coiled cord. But then the radio still needs to be in my jacket pocket and I get jabbed in the ribs by the stubby radio antenna every time I bend over to tighten my snowboard bindings. Plus, I accidentally press the PTT button while tightening bindings which gets annoying too. Lastly, that still doesn't solve that my camera/phone is in my pants pocket and I need to take my glove off to access it, and my map is in the jacket (Marmot) slash pocket, getting wrinkled and beaten up every time I pull it out.

There are other antennas that are longer but a lot more flexible. It's what I use.
post #7 of 18

Here's a ski jacket with a built in chest radio pocket that will fit an antenna

 

http://www.thenorthface.com/catalog/sc-gear/men-8217-s-free-thinker-jacket.html

 

I wish more garment manufacturers had the same foresight.

post #8 of 18

 

Perhaps that with the mike in a glove or top of the pole.  Pretty sure that is how the secret service rolled when skiing with Michelle Obama.

post #9 of 18

I use a Uclear blue tooth system in my helmet.  You can listen to tunes, take phone calls hands free and it works as a radio if another person has one too.  I pretty much use it for tunes, but have taken a call on it which you answer by saying "answer".  Battery lasts all day and volume is adjustable on the side of your helmet.

post #10 of 18

I have a Moterola S805 Bluetooth headset in my helmet, connects to the phone and lasts all day, ergonomic controls and ease of access, possible radio integration. But definitely look into the integrated pockets and wireless solutions.

post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by sbyun View Post

I do mainly resort skiing with my family. . . In my mind, the ideal solution would be a small (1.0-1.5L) pack with hydration sleeve, radio/phone pockets either on the straps or otherwise quickly accessible on the side of the pack, and it should have no hip pockets.

 

I used to wear a backpack while skiing but I've noticed that in recent years more and more resorts are asking patrons to remove backpacks on the lifts. Probably a liability/safety issue. So a packless or strapless solution might have more longevity.  What about a vest? Either under the jacket or over the jacket?

post #12 of 18
How about Ribz? http://www.ribzwear.com/ The patrol where my daughter used to be a patroller advocated these. My wife is an advocate because she can carry all the stuff she'd otherwise have in a purse.
post #13 of 18

As to your antenna problem, you could mount the antenna on your helmet like this.  It would extend your range. :D

 

 

post #14 of 18
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As to your antenna problem, you could mount the antenna on your helmet like this.  It would extend your range. :D

 

 

Ir this for those that prefer the freedom of no helmets..

 

post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post

How about Ribz? http://www.ribzwear.com/ The patrol where my daughter used to be a patroller advocated these. My wife is an advocate because she can carry all the stuff she'd otherwise have in a purse.


Ribz are closer to what I'm looking for, but are too big. (they look like a really high fanny pack.)

 

I was also hoping to avoid looking like ski patrol. But the chest harnesses they wear seem good functionally.

 

 

My ideal solution would be a backpack that had storage on the straps themselves. In the past I've used velcro-attached cell phone pouches like the one in this pic, but the ones I used were kinda crummy. Anyone have a more elegant version of these?

post #16 of 18
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I used to wear a backpack while skiing but I've noticed that in recent years more and more resorts are asking patrons to remove backpacks on the lifts. Probably a liability/safety issue. So a packless or strapless solution might have more longevity.  What about a vest? Either under the jacket or over the jacket?


My torso is usually very warm so I'd like to avoid a vest. Especially because I think a vest would need to be zipped up so it doesn't flop around. (This is the main reason I'm avoiding the Dakine BC).

 

I also don't want anything under my jacket, since it's a drag to unzip and get snow (and a blast of cold air) inside whenever I want to pull out my phone.

 

I agree that backpacks are sometimes sketchy on lifts. That's why I'm trying to go as small as possible with the hydration pack, so I have a low profile not only on the chair, but also in the gondolas/trams.

post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by sbyun View Post

I do mainly resort skiing with my family. Need to have a 100oz hydration bladder plus easily accessible storage for radio, cell phone, and trail map.

For years I've used the Osprey Switch 18. Great pack except no good place for radio/phone/map. It has those hip pockets but I hate those because you need 2 hands to work the zippers and the hip pockets in general are flopping around because I don't usually need to buckle the waist strap.

The most practical combo would be minimalist Camelbak combined with one of those ski patrol chest harnesses, but that's too over the top for me.

I've looked at the Arcteryx Quiver but it doesn't appear to have immediate access to stuff on the front (only easy ability to swing the whole pack around to get stuff on the back). I also researched the Dakine BC Vest which looks just about right in terms of carrying capacity and distribution of pockets, but in photos it looks kinda dorky and I'm assuming you need to keep it zipped so it doesn't flap around and that would be way too hot in Tahoe spring skiing.

In my mind, the ideal solution would be a small (1.0-1.5L) pack with hydration sleeve, radio/phone pockets either on the straps or otherwise quickly accessible on the side of the pack, and it should have no hip pockets.

Thanks in advance for your recommendations.

 

In your research, have you found anything like Dakine but light wight that could be worn under your jacket?

post #18 of 18

Have a look at this page?  It's what they use down here at a few of the fields.

 

http://www.cactusoutdoor.co.nz/industrial-professional-users.html

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